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The James T. and Virginia M. Dresher Center for the Humanities promotes interdisciplinary research and scholarship in the humanities among UMBC faculty, students, and visiting scholars. Originally founded in 1996, a recent gift from the Dresher Foundation has enabled the Center to expand its research mission, bringing national attention to UMBC’s impressive achievements in the humanities. With an emphasis on research, scholarship, and public programming, the Dresher Center is becoming a leading humanities center in the Baltimore-Washington region.

The Dresher Center is also home to the Humanities Scholars Program.

The Dresher Center for the Humanities is named in honor of late Jim Dresher, Sr. and Virginia Dresher (shown here with UMBC president Freeman Hrabowski), whose shared interest in creating a better society was demonstrated through their commitment to education and enrichment.